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this morning on "early today". hands off approach. rupert murdoch denied responsibility for the scandal that rocked his company. ending the impasse. are president obama and lawmakers turning to a new strategy for reducing the federal debt? and terror on the track. a motocross racer manages to survive a literally high-flying crash. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a humbling day. the murdochs have made a business out of covering
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the story. well, yesterday they were the story. testifying in a dramatic hearing about phone hacking scandal rocking their media empire. next up for questioning this morning is going to be english prime minister david cameron. nbc's stephanie gosk reports. >> reporter: the man who runs the second largest media company in the world side-by-side with his son in front of members of parliament, apologetic. >> i would like to say one sentence. this is the most humble day of my life. >> i would like to say how sorry i am and how sorry we are to the victims of illegal voice mail interceptions and their families. >> reporter: from the beginning james took the lead. >> i think my son can perhaps answer that in more detail. >> i think that's a question, again, for james. >> at times jumping in to help his 80-year-old father when he stumbled to find the answers. it was rupert murdoch's wife who stepped in at the most critical moment.
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a right hook to protect her husband from a surprise pie attack. the protester, an amateur comedian who calls himself johnny marvel, was arrested and led away by police. for most of the questioning about phone hacking at "news of the world" the committee focused on who knew what and when. both of the murdochs repeatedly denied prior knowledge and never assumed responsibility. >> i don't know. >> i have no knowledge. >> i haven't heard of that. >> i don't have direct knowledge of that. >> i can't answer. i don't know. >> reporter: at one point murdoch claimed his company is too big for him to know the details of each business. there could be more tough questions ahead for rupert and james murdoch. the british prime minister has called a judiciary inquiry, and they could be summoned for that, and there are some u.s. lawmakers who want their own hearing so they can question the media mogul himself on capitol
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hill. stephanie gosk, nbc news, london. to washington now where lawmakers finally appear to be making some bipartisan process -- progress in the ongoing divide over what to do about the nation's debt limit. for the latest on that we go to nbc's tracie potts. she's in washington d.c. for us. >> reporter: just a glimmer of so-called gang of six, three democrats and republicans, who have been working together on a compromise. the plan on the table would cut $4 trillion from the deficit, lower taxes, but also bring in $1 trillion in new revenues by closing tax loopholes. both sides seem to like it at least as a first step. president obama calling this a very significant step in line with what he has been working on at the white house. republicans say it has some good elements. they want to take a very close look at this. that after republicans yesterday in the house passed their tax cut and balance plan. it's not expected to pass the senate as it moves forward today. president obama has already said he will not sign that $6
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trillion plan, but there's still significant opposition here on capitol hill, but not across the country. a new nbc poll finds most americans want to see compromise here, lynn. >> tracie, thanks so much. now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. a carjacking led to an explosion of water in one los angeles neighborhood. the stolen car barrelled over a fire hydrant creating that massive geyser that showered nearby homes. it took firefighters over an hour to shut the hydrant off. the alleged carjacker was hospitalized and then arrested. in minneapolis a section of interstate 94 surrendered to soaring temperatures. the pavement on two northbound lanes buckled from the high heat and humidity. crews shut down the lanes, slowing traffic to a crawl. those delays will continue until the lanes are repaired. in chicago hot, humid air mixing with the cool waters of lake michigan proved to be a bad combination for beach goers.
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thick fog forced officials to ban swimming at several beaches. high winds pushed the fog inland limiting visibility for lifeguards, and at one point the fog even moved into the downtown area before dissipating. now for a look at your hot national and region arl forecast, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> no other word to use that are acceptable tv, i guess. >> i guess that's true. i dare you. >> well, good morning, everyone. we're continuing to watch the historic heat wave cover much of the country. in dallas yesterday it was 101 for the 18th day in a row. we were hotter than 100 degrees. we have the drought. we have the heat. now it's spreading through the east. what makes this one historic is really the humidity too. i mean, it's not just hot. it's very humid. that gives us incredible heat indexes during the late afternoon. especially here in the ohio valley. that's where the worst will
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shift today from iowa and areas like illinois and indiana because the heat ridge is centered over the top of st. louis. a little bit of a break today in areas like montana, but that's about it. everyone else is going to be just as hot, if not hotter, and it's the humidity. dewpoint measures the amount of moisture in the air, and if you are bottom of 70, you are uncomfortable. yesterday it was in the 80s. it was unheard of, off the charts. all this dark green is where it will be humid and uncomfortable today, and that's much of the country. already the heat index is when you wake up from the 80s or 90s. we have heat warnings in the middle of the country. watch it now in the east. once again, near 100 in so many areas. if not 100, you're at least in the 90s. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. well, we have well advertised heat. there's not a lot of rain out there to be found. we have a couple of areas of showers and storms, but consider yourself lucky if you are one of the few to get cooled off by raindrops today. the temperatures in oklahoma city, just incredible all summer long.
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i mentioned a little bit of a break for some, and not many. it gets worse in the east. >> unfortunately. all right, bill. thanks so much. apple dominates. big blue sparkles, and modesty in milan. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, we'll tell you why compared to his hollywood friends, matt damon thinks he has it pretty good. coming up, a spectacular crash, a comedy of errors, and what in the world is getting into the pittsburgh pirates? you're watching "early today."
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good morning. welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are your top headlines this morning. the fbi has arrested a man accused of being an agent for pakistan's state intelligence service who allegedly funneled roughly $2 million in contributions to u.s. political candidates and organizations without disclosing his connections to the pakistani
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government. the fbi says the man's goal was to tilt u.s. policy against indian control in kashmir. zimplt a mother and their three young daughters died when their vehicle drove into a washed out section of a wyoming highway and was swept away by a raging creek. only the father managed to escape. in california witnesses say a hiker was swept over a waterfall at yosemite national park. a search and rescue operation was suspended overnight and will resume in the morning. this morning in shanghai eight-time all-star 7'6" inch center yao ming announced his retirement from the nba at age 30 due to a series of foot and leg injuries. nba commissioner david stern called the chinese star "a testament to the globalization of our game." for the second time in a week sicily's mount etna has has
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spewed lava and molten rock closing down the island's main airport wrshs zirchgs here's an early look at one of your top health headlines on serious calorie counters make daily diet choices that won't put them over the limit. a new study of items from fast food and sit-down restaurants in three states showed nearly one in five items contained 100 or more excess calories than advertised on menus. over a year taking in 100 extra calorie az day you could gain 11 to 33 points pounds. for more information on this and other health stories, check out the health page at early today health is brought to you by vagisil cream. and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,587 after jumping 202 points yesterday. the s&p spiked 21 points. the nasdaq leaped 61. taking a look at overseas trading this morning. in tokyo the nikkei climbed 116
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points, while in hong kong the hang seng added 101. tuesday strong earnings and hope for a deficit deal in washington boosted stocks to their best day since march. the dow had its biggest one-day jump this year. tuesday's gains turned all three majors positive for the month. the nasdaq gained more than 2% led by apple hitting a 52-week high. after closing apple posted stunning sales vaulting past nokia and samsung to become the biggest smartphone maker, and way above analysts' estimates sending shares even higher after hours. results from tech bellweather ibm sent big blue zooming up almost 6%. coca-cola's sweet results sent coke up over 3%. harley davidson was the s&p's top performer after reporting its first sales increase since 2006. wells fargo shares jumped 6%
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after a profit hike. key bank had a boost in earnings. on the flip side bank of america and goldman sachs fell on disappointing results. in data june's new home and apartment construction jumped to a six-month high. single family home construction saw its biggest increase in over two years. home builders lennar and dr horton gain odd that news. after the struggling yahoo reported a net revenue drop. yahoo is down more than 20% from its 52-week high in may. today's ipo is the real estate listing service zillow, opening at $20 a share. sfwlirchlgts and, finally, trade unions in italy are up in arms over "degrading merchandizing of the human body." after a milan department store used live models in shorts and bikinis in shop windows. well, coming up, the pirates hold fast. the yankees blunder, and a memorable play at the plate. a frightening motocross
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mishap with a happy ending. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. in weather we are halfway through our historic heat wave, and now it's the east coast's turn to get a dose of the furnace. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you are just waking up, this is "early today."
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in sports they don't have a big budget. they don't have many big name players. in case you haven't noticed, the pittsburgh pirates are a first place team. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at your sports headlines. good morning. i know it's only july, and there are some 60 games left in the season, but give it up for the pittsburgh pirates. what do you say? a team that has not been relevant since the clinton administration is now atop the nl central. everybody likes a winner, and the pirates are the talk of the town in pittsburgh. the only run of the game andrew mchitchin, a ground-out. pirates up 1-0. the difference from the past. pitching. james mcdonald, and three releaves combined for a six-hit shut-out. do not adjust your audio. the pirates are in first place and beat the reds 1-0. the rays lost the last two games, but the baseball gods made up for it last night. eddie. in came a rin.
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yanks and rays tied 2-2. yanks and rays. johnny damon to center. curtis granderson made a grab. sent the ball halfway to tallahassee. that's for the go-ahead run. yanks with a comedy of errors in the sept. the rays won it 3-2. look at this. as and tigers. carlos, a shot down the line. martinez hustled from first. got the green light to go home. the throw to the plate in time. martinez slipped past the plate, faked out the catcher and was safe. great body control and it makes suzuki look like a fish out of water. tigers win it 8-3. over the last few weeks we've had several crashes in the tour de france, but nothing on two wheels compares to this. motocross championships in minnesota. chad reed in first place. he was airborne. lost control of his bike and fell from 50 feet before hitting the ground. luckily, he was okay. in fact, he was good to go. got back on his bike, continued the race. another look at the crash. when asked what was going through his mind, he said he was just hoping not to land on his head. it's good to see chad has his priorities in line.
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that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. >> as i pick up my jaw. who is saying what over mark anthony and j. lo's divorce? your early morning entertainment headlines straight ahead. plus, love is a many splendored thing, but can it save lives? you're watching "early today."
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welcome become back to "early today." today over 100 million people in this country under some kind of heat advisory, watch, or warning from this massive heat wave that continues to engulf the nation. 97 in minneapolis. 102 in dallas. d.c. at 95. if you notice, not many areas are avoid this heat wave. we will cool it off a little bit tomorrow in minneapolis. look what happens in d.c. your temperatures soar. if are you watching us on wesh head to small town girl trying to make it in a big city. just like lynn. at thoroughly modern millie. that's your early today event of the day. >> all right, bill. thanks so much. thank you. i'm going to need it. now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in ber at the same time. celebrity matt damon thinks he is luck yishg especially compared to his friends brad pitt and angelina jolie. damon told german tv this past
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weekend pitt and jolie are like prisoners. they can't go someplace and even if they just want to take a walk, it turns into a "international incident." as for his relative peace, damon credits living in new york city. he avoids tourist spots and says new yorkers are "very cool." they don't flip out if they see me. the fall-out from the yen furlough pez-mark anthony divorce seems to be coming from her camp, focussing on his controlling nature. us weekly quotes sources who say he always tries to manage her wardrobe because he didn't want the 40-year-old mother of two looking too sexy. finally, trying to save a ratings leader and hype the debut episode on the same night of former star charlie sheen's roast. cbs has this new billboard featuring new star ashton kutcher for "two and a half men." >> he still hasn't cut his hair yet.
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>> you didn't notice he wasn't dressed. >> it will be interesting to see how they tie it together. >> how they weave that in. either way, i'm sure at the beginning people will be curious. this comes to us from wxia 11 alive news in atlanta, georgia where in nearby marietta one couple showed love is the best medicine in a life-threatening situation. alan suffered what was thought to be a fatal heart attack. well, doctors had declared him dead when they called his wife angie in to say good-bye. instead she told him she loved him and couldn't live without him. moments later alan's heart began to beat. he has since made a full recovery inspired by a wife's undying love for her husband. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. another bormann humid it start to the dead. you will get even hotter -- another warm and humid starts to the day. 78 at the inner harbor. this is a couple of degrees better than where work last night. it will get even hotter through these next couple of days, especially thursday and friday. i will talk about just how hot it is going to get. >> thank you. 72 degrees on tv hill.
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[captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> starting to sound like a broken record. it is hot again. >> i am running out of ways to say hot. still me, boiling -- steamy,

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